Amid financial challenges, Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital faces the imminent threat of electricity disconnection unless it can muster R40 million to settle its outstanding bill. According to Eyewitness News, the hospital is listed among those with substantial debts owed to City Power. Isaac Mangena from City Power reveals that despite commitments from the provincial government to address outstanding debts, multiple hospitals, including Charlotte Maxeke, remain in arrears. Mangena expresses regret over the situation, emphasising the unfortunate need to cut off electricity to these facilities. Engagement with provincial leadership continues in the hope of an amicable resolution.
Gauteng Finance MEC Jacob Mamabolo underscores that while the Health Department faces budgetary challenges, invoice disputes should be the sole reason for the government’s non-payment of electricity bills. City Power notes that despite assurances from the provincial government, several hospitals still owe substantial amounts. Mamabolo points to outstanding issues between the hospital and the City of Joburg as the cause of the non-payment. In discussions with MMCs of Finance, he stresses the province’s commitment to settling invoices within 30 days, citing payment efficiency in other areas except health, where invoice disputes persist.
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